San Francisco, CA – U.S. Marshal Don O’Keefe is proud to announce the arrest
of Ed Mendoza, 65, in Santa Rosa, CA. Mendoza has been on the run since
Mendoza was originally arrested in 1994 by DEA agents for his involvement in
a cocaine distribution syndicate. Mendoza, who was facing federal allegation
of cocaine distribution and conspiracy, was eventually released on a bond in
the Southern Judicial District of California. Shortly thereafter, Mendoza
failed to report as instructed to subsequent court dates. A federal arrest
warrant was later issued, based on allegations that Mendoza violated Title
18 U.S.C. 3146, otherwise known as the “Bail Jumping” statute. U.S. Marshals
began an investigation into the whereabouts of Mendoza. However, the trail
quickly became cold.
In 2011, the U.S. Marshals led Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task
Force received information that Mendoza may be residing somewhere in
Northern California. For three years, Deputy Marshals in San Jose, CA,
worked the case in an effort to locate and apprehend Mendoza. On February
13, 2014, Deputy Marshals and Task Force Officers developed new information
suggesting that Mendoza may be in the San Jose area. The task force, which
includes Deputy U.S. Marshals and several other federal, state, and local
law enforcement officers, worked throughout the day developing information,
but were unable to locate Mendoza.
However, the next morning, acting on information developed from the previous
day, members of the task force performing surveillance identified Mendoza
exit a residence in Santa Rosa, CA. Mendoza was immediately taken into
custody without incident.
“The tireless and relentless pursuit of fugitives by Deputy Marshals and
Task Force Officers has become a symbol of our resolve for justice,” stated
U.S. Marshal Don O’Keefe, the U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of
California. “Throughout our countries history, Deputy Marshals have been at
the forefront of the hunt for wanted individuals. This case exemplifies the
spirit that the US Marshals have always been famous for. The commitment to
never quit, to never give up, is evident in everything we do.”
Following his arrest, Mendoza made his initial appearance in federal court
in San Francisco, CA, and will eventually be moved to the Southern District
of California to face his original charges, as well as the new bail jumping
To find information on fugitive’s currently being sought by the U.S.
Marshals in Northern California, or to submit a tip on the whereabouts of a
fugitive, please visit: http://northerncaliforniamostwanted.org
The U.S. Marshals Service is the primary federal agency charged with
conducting fugitive investigations throughout the United States. The U.S.
Marshals Service regularly works in concert with other federal, state, and
local law enforcement agencies to seek out and arrest violent fugitives and
sex offenders, and has established task forces throughout the nation to
facilitate the apprehension of fugitives.
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